About 6,000 farmers removed from FISP in Chipata district.

About 6,000 farmers benefiting from the Farmer Input Support Programme FISP in Chipata district will not receive their fertilizer.
This follows a decision by government to reduce the allocation of fertilizer to the district.

Chipata District Agriculture Co-ordinator, Michael Ngulube told Breeze News that his office on Thursday last week received a letter from the ministry headquarters on the reduction of input allocation.
Mr. Ngulube explained that the new allocation is now 77,600 for Compound D and 77, 040 bags for Urea.
He says government had initially allocated 94, 600 bags of Compound D fertilizer and 91, 600 bags of Urea, which has already been received.
He says this was supposed to benefit forty thousand and twenty farmers.
Mr. Ngulube says the remaining fertilizer is likely to be given to other districts during the distribution.
He however, says that the distribution of inputs to farmers will start soon when the district receives the seed allocation.
And the Food Reserve Agency, FRA has bought about 386, 700 by 50 kilogramme bags of maize at a cost of about 29.5 million Kwacha to farmers in Chipata district.
Mr. Ngulube says that about 3.3 million Kwacha has been paid out while about 26 million Kwacha is still being owed to farmers.

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